UW Carbone Cancer Researcher Receives $1 Million Award
Madison, Wisconsin - Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center have been awarded $1 million over two years to lead research on tracking prostate cancer progression by using novel imaging methods.
Liu is one of the first two recipients of the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) A. David Mazzone-PCF Challenge Awards. The awards are designed to support multidisciplinary teams of investigators that are using highly innovative methods of research in strategic areas of prostate cancer.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation awards also signify research that has potential near-term benefits for patients.
Liu and Jeraj are leading research using novel imaging methods of a unique imaging substance to track the spread of prostate cancer and treatment response. The team is using 18F-Sodium fluoride, which is specific to cancerous bone lesions, in positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) scans to monitor disease progression and to evaluate the effectiveness of drugs that target prostate cancer.
The investigators are also studying different biomarkers in hopes that a panel of imaging biomarkers will be robust enough to differentiate treatment effectiveness towards standard and novel therapeutics.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation says that the work of Liu and his team could lead to better diagnostic and treatment response tools and provide greater confidences for patients and their physicians.
Date Published: 08/04/2011